Broadway’s ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’ Will Close in 2023 After 35 Years; Final Tickets On Sale “Shortly”

Phantom of the OperaBroadway’s longest-running show, after its 35th anniversary in January, will close in February, producers have announced.

“We are saddened to confirm that after 35 years on Broadway, The Phantom will play its final performance at the Majestic Theater on Saturday February 18, 2023,” the show announced on its website. “Tickets are currently on sale for performances through January 22, 2023, and we expect the final block of tickets to go on sale soon.”

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The news comes as the musical, known for its falling flags, its half-masked title character and its most famous song, “The Music of the Night,” has become a Broadway icon for decades but is more As sensitive as the productions have been. A soft Covid market and a weak tourism environment.

The musical has long played at the Shubert Organization’s Majestic Theatre.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart, and a libretto by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Real Useful Group. the phantom It opened in London’s West End in 1986 and, two years later, on Broadway, directed by Harold Prince. Michael Crawford as the Phantom, and Webber’s then-wife Sarah Brightman as Christine cement the musical’s stardom, or at least the theater’s legacy. Among the records set by the musical over the years is the first Broadway production to hit 10,000 performances (in 2012). Reported estimates of Broadway production earnings in past years have exceeded $1 billion.

Its Tony Awards in 1988 were Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Crawford), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Judy Kay), Best Direction of a Musical (Harold Prince), Best. Scenic and Costume Design (Maria Björnsson) and Fine Lighting Design (Andrew Bridges).

Although the musical still earns hundreds of thousands of dollars per week — $867,997 for the week ending Sept. 11, the most recent figure available — receipts may be half (or less) of what long-running shows can earn. are On the wonderful, and of course More recent musicals are left behind as such Hamilton, Into the Woods, MJ, Moulin Rouge! And SixAnd even behind other Broadway stalwarts lion king And evil. Average ticket price for the phantom Last week was about $83, a bargain compared to the average price commanded by such music funny girl ($175), Hamilton ($197), in the forest ($112) and MJ ($152), among others.

The West End production the phantomwhich closed during the Covid shutdown in 2020 and returned with a slimmed-down orchestra, remains open.

There is noise about the phantomThe closure was first reported today by the New York Post, setting off considerable speculation on the Internet. According to The New York Times, the cast, crew and orchestra were notified of the closure today.

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